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Box Office: A Fantastic Woman, A Wrinkle in Time, and More...

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (March 9th-11th) Estimates
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. Black Panther  $41.1 (cum. $562) PODCAST
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Thoroughbreds $1.2 on 549 screens NEW REVIEW
2. ๐Ÿ”บ A Wrinkle in Time (pictured) $33.3 NEW REVIEW  2. ๐Ÿ”บ  A Fantastic Woman (pictured) $287k on 166 screens (cum. $1.1)  REVIEW  | OSCAR WIN
3.๐Ÿ”บ Strangers Prey at Night $10.4 NEW
3.๐Ÿ”บ The Death of Stalin $181k on 4 screens NEW REVIEW
4. Red Sparrow $8.1 (cum. $31.1) REVIEW | JENNIFER IN VERSACE
4. ๐Ÿ”บ The Leisure Seeker $119k on 28 screens NEW
5. Game Night $7.9 (cum. $45) REVIEW
5.  The Party  $98k on 91 screens (cum. $483k)


It's a history-making weekend at the box office. For the first time ever the two top grossers are both from African-American directors. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther continues its astonishing run. It's now the biggest non-Star Wars hit since Jurassic World three years ago and The Avengers before that six years ago and likely to outgross them both). It was also opening weekend for Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle in Time. $33 million for a movie with no bankable stars that's not a sequel is good though people are calling it a failure due to its heavy price tag.  How the Oscars affected the box office after the jump...

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Box Office: T'Challa Reigns

by Nathaniel R

Holiday Weekend Box Office (Feb 15th-18th) Estimates
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1.๐Ÿ”บ Black Panther (pictured) $235 NEW PODCAST
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Detective Chinatown 2 (pictured) $862k on 115 screens NEW 
2. Peter Rabbit $23.1 (cum. $54) 2.  The Oscar Nominated Short Films  $780k on 272 screens (cum. $1.8) 
3. Fifty Shades Freed $19.4 (cum. $78.6) REVIEW
3. La Boda de Valentina $642k on 331 screens (cum. $2.1)
4. Jumanji $10 (cum. $379.6)
4.  Pad Man $435k on 152 screens (cum. $1.4)
5. The 15:17 to Paris $9.1 (cum. $26.8) REVIEW 
5. ๐Ÿ”บ Monster Hunt 2  $401k on 69 screens NEW 


Black Panther just had a record-smashing holiday weekend. It's the biggest President's Day Weekend haul of all time and the 5th biggest opening ever. And in a single weekend (even if you don't count the holiday) it became 2018's biggest hit. That's thus far of course. Three dependably behemoth franchises that, like Black Panther, will have no trouble whatsoever raking up their first 1/2 billion globally (even if people don't love them) are still to come. We're talking Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Avengers: Infinity War which could threaten King T'Challa for #1 of the year dominance. 

But at least until the summer movie season begins "Wakanda Forever!" is the rallying cry for moviegoers, so there wasn't much talk of anything else...

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What did you see this weekend?

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Feb 9th-11th)
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Fifty Shades Freed $38.8 NEW REVIEW
1. ๐Ÿ”บ La Boda de Valentina $1.1 on 331 screens NEW 
2. ๐Ÿ”บ Peter Rabbit $25 NEW 2. ๐Ÿ”บ Pad Man  $760k on 152 screens NEW
3. ๐Ÿ”บ The 15:17 To Paris $12.6  NEW
3. ๐Ÿ”บ Oscar Nominated Short Films $615k on 180 screens NEW
4. Jumanji $9.8 (cum. $365.6)
4. ๐Ÿ”บ  A Fantastic Woman $121k on 20 screens (cum. $232k) CAPSULE | REVIEW
5. The Greatest Showman $6.4 (cum. $146.5) REVIEW | ANOTHER HIT MUSICAL 
5. ๐Ÿ”บ The Insult $109k on 50 screens (cum. $454k)  


Fifty Shades Freed  continued its franchise's box office power by opening at #1 again. This weekend's bow also brought the franchise's total box office haul over the billion dollar mark. That's a lot of green for something barely blue...

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Box Office: Jumanji and Showman Won't Quit

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Feb 2nd-4th)
800+ screens
excluding prev. wide
1. Jumanji $11 (cum. $352.6)
1. Padmaavat $2.5 on 354 screens (cum. $9.0)  
2. Maze Runner 3 $10.2 (cum. $39.7 2. ๐Ÿ”บ Bilal: A New Kind of Hero  $278k on 300 screens NEW
3. ๐Ÿ”บ Winchester $9.2  NEW
3. ๐Ÿ”บ The Insult $118k on 36 screens (cum. $237k)  
4. The Greatest Showman $7.8 (cum. $137.4) REVIEW | ANOTHER HIT MUSICAL 
4. ๐Ÿ”บ  A Fantastic Woman $70k on 5 screens NEW CAPSULE | REVIEW
5. Hostiles $5.5 (cum. $21.2)
5.Mary and the Witches Flower $57k on 30 screens (cum. $1.8)  


Jumanji and The Greatest Showman continue to have incredible staying power in their 7th weeks, the former regaining its #1 berth and Showman holding tight at four...

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"Ant-Man and the Wasp" Peek and Digestif?

by Nathaniel R

Yes yes we already talked about Michelle Pfeiffer once today but where is the perfect goddess in the first, thankfully non-plot driven, teaser for Ant-Man and the Wasp? The trailer only really focuses on the second titular character, and will surely be just one of many trailers if recent history is indication with would be blockbusters. 

The trailer and a few Marvel-centric notes after the jump...

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Post Nominations Box Office Bump?

by Nathaniel R

With all but one (Dunkirk) of the Best Picture nominees still in or back in theaters (Get Out returned for the weekend at 468 screens after its blockbuster run nearly a full year ago) and most* of them wise enough to expand slightly to exploit any possible Best Picture bump, let's look at the top 30 movies and see how well they did and in what context...

Weekend Box Office (Jan 26th-28th)
1. ๐Ÿ”บ Maze Runner: The Death Cure $23.5 NEW
6. 12 Strong $8.6 (cum. $29.7) 
2.  Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle $16.4 (cum. $338)
7. Den of Thieves $8.3 (cum. $28.5)
3. ๐Ÿ”บ Hostiles $10  (cum. $12)
8.๐Ÿ”บ The Shape of Water ... $5.7 (cum. $37.6)  CAPSULE | PODCAST | SCREENPLAY
4  The Greatest Showman $9.5 (cum. $126) REVIEW | ANOTHER HIT MUSICAL 
9. Paddington 2 $5.5  (cum. $32) REVIEW
5. The Post $8.8 (cum. $58.5) REVIEW | OSCAR KICK-OFF
10.๐Ÿ”บ Padmaavat $4.2 NEW



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Call Me By Your Box Office

No box-office charts this weekend as SAG is this evening (we're expecting repeat winners from the Globes but for maybe a shock Ensemble win for Get Out). The top ten movies were mostly middle America aimed stuff while the Oscar buzzing titles have all finally gone wide but just barely (most between 800-1000 screens). The exception to this divide between all-quadrant aimed releases and adult awards fare is The Post which is benefitting from its triple starpower (Spielberg. Streeps. Hanks) adding another $12 million to its tally.

The weekend's loser is arguably Call Me By Your Name whichwent wide after 9 full weeks -- more than 2 months after it hit theaters and a full years after its Sundance bow! Audiences have apparently lost their once-obvious curiousity about it. This 20th century strategy of platforming just doesn't vibe well with how people consume their media these days. There are so many options out there that if you wait and wait and wait people simply move on. This is not the 90s, Sony Pictures Classics, so wake up!  When you're handling art films with marketable angles (stars, controversy, Oscar buzz) you can... you must... move swiftly (or at least not slowly) to find your audience. If you wanna play that wait-wait-wait game with something harder to sell that you need major word of mouth on (like, oh, subtitled films) go ahead but not an awards vehicle with stars that's inspiring multiple internet memes as this movie did already sometime ago! Despite the addition of over 600 news screens the romantic drama couldn't even crack the top 20. If it isn't a major player at the Oscar nominations this Tuesday its theatrical life is about to end.

What did you see this weekend?

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"The Greatest Showman" is Another Musical Hit. Is Hollywood Watching?

by Nathaniel R

The Greatest Showman is the second consecutive original movie musical to become a big hit. A sign of more to come?

The Greatest Showman will be crossing the $100 million mark today at the box office. It's become a hit with  little fanfare  if you think about it.  Oh sure it had the mainstream attention you get on opening weekend when you have big stars in your movie but beyond that did the media really take notice? It wasn't in most of the awards conversations that turn the volume way up on others movie this time of year. The only awards traction it received was for Best Original Song which is hardly a bankable business -- except, perhaps, in the case of soundtrack sales.) 

But long story short: it's a hit and showing legs in US theaters in that its percentage drop each week is way below the industry norms. The same was true of Moulin Rouge! which arguably kick-started the reemergence of the then-dead genre at the beginning of the century. The musical genre has, it should be evident to everyone, a loyal fanbase. But is Hollywood paying attention...?

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